Hello Hong Kong!

26 May

The minute I got sent a swap request to fly to Hong Kong instead of Paris I knew I was going to accept it. Hong Kong has to be one of my favourite cities, and it’ll always be that little bit more special as it was where I went on my very first A380 supy flight.

This time around, I had lots of plans. Even though it was a night flight leaving at 4 o’clock in the morning Dubai time, once we arrived there was no time for sleeping and it was straight out to explore the Ladies Market. I’ve been there before, but it’s always fun having a walk around and seeing all of the kitschy things on sale (as well as lots and lots of handbags, of course!).

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Well hello to you too, Hong Kong!

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After a lot of browsing, haggling (and possibly a little bit of buying…) we decided it was time for dinner. Our original plan was to go to the Michelin-starred Dim Sum restaurant “Tim Ho Wan”, however the concierge had told us earlier that they stop serving at 9pm. By this time it was getting late so we popped into a little restaurant just off the side of the Ladies Market.

We chanced our luck and ordered some very interesting sounding things off the menu…such as “Born Fried Fried Dumpling”! Pointing at the pictures definitely helped, and they were all very delicious and freshly made!

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After dinner we had another quick browse around the market on our way back to the MTR, then headed back to the hotel.Β 

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By this time we were all practically falling asleep standing up, so decided just to head up to the rooftop bar to have one quick look at the amazing view before going straight to bed.Β 

However…once we arrived, the atmosphere was incredible, with a live band playing and such great views over the city that we decided to stay for a drink! We got a seat by the window and sat and chatted for a while until I really was about to fall asleep in my chair!

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The next morning we had arranged to meet early to get the MTR and then the cable car up to see the Big Buddha. I was almost ready to go and then upon opening the curtains discovered that not only was it absolutely pouring with rain, the was such a thick layer of fog that I couldn’t see anything at all outside!Β 

We had planned to go up to the Big Buddha to get some lovely views of the city and have a nice walk outside….so that got cancelled, which was a shame as I had been looking forward to it the whole flight. In the end I went downstairs and had a big feast of waffles and bacon for breakfast! Didn’t quite make up for it, but close enough! πŸ˜‰

The last few hours of the layover were spent checking out the new roster and having a quick snooze before the flight home!

In June I’ll be flying to:

  • Kuala Lumpur (yes, again! Why on earth they keep sending me there, I do not know)
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (a new destination for me!)
  • San Francisco (woohoooo!! Was originally rostered Seattle, but since I have already been there I managed to swap it for San Fran, so so excited!)
  • LEAVE! No idea where I’ll be going yet, any suggestions? πŸ™‚
  • And to finish off the month, a Dhaka turnaround.

I’ve just had my mum come to stay for 3 days, and we managed to squeeze so much in … so of course there will be a blog post coming very soon, once I get tonight’s Bombay turnaround out of the way! πŸ™‚

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P.s. If you want more regular day to day updates of what is happening in my life, follow me on Twitter and Instagram @rachelwwilson!

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8 Responses to “Hello Hong Kong!”

  1. Ugur Akgoz May 30, 2014 at 09:02 #

    Thank you very much for sharing all those hi-rs photos.
    I’m shure, most of us all would like to see theese places in natural, not only on our screens.
    Much greetings from Ankara.

  2. applesamanthalee May 30, 2014 at 11:20 #

    Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, again. =)

  3. Jasmine June 22, 2014 at 17:41 #

    Hi….you are a emirates flight attends right???
    Can you tell me what is the condition for a accepting flight attends in emirates airline…I really want to know…and…I write my email…I really like that you be my friend…I like what you write…
    And…sorry about my bad English…and please tell me about the condition…
    Thank you.

    • The Dubai Diaries June 25, 2014 at 07:41 #

      Hi there, you can find all the requirements on the Emirates website πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

  4. Mollie February 10, 2016 at 03:03 #

    Hi,

    Was just wondering what it means when you get scheduled leave? Does this come out of your annual holiday? Or just days off?? Thanks!

    • The Dubai Diaries February 16, 2016 at 22:44 #

      Hi there! We get 30 days annual leave and you can choose how to break it up (i.e. in blocks of 5 days, 10 days, etc) so when I have leave that’s just part of the 30 days a year.

      • Mollie February 17, 2016 at 02:07 #

        Ah thanks so much for letting me know! Have an open day Saturday so fingers crossed! Your blog has helped me prepare massively.. So thank you! πŸ™‚

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